Tanzania Call of the Wild

August 3rd- 12th, 2022


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Tanzania, Africa – August 3rd – 12th, 2022

This immersive safari with McKay Photography Academy speaks to the animal lover’s soul: an exciting adventure that takes you straight into the heart of Tanzania’s best wildlife viewing areas. Venture into the plains every morning for full days of spectacular wildlife viewing, and unwind in luxurious, eco-friendly camps located in the middle of the wild. Each night, settle into comfortable, downy bedding and drift asleep to the nighttime sounds of safari.

This world-class wildlife safari is further complemented by a once-in-a-lifetime meeting with the Hadza, Africa’s last remaining hunter-gatherer tribe.

Join David & Ally McKay and the McKay Photography Academy Team along with our expert Tanzanian guides (personal friends and chosen by us) for a very exciting, very special, adventure that will be more than you can ever imagine!

Guests with all levels of photographic experience, beginner through advanced are welcome! This tour will have an incredible 5-1 client-instructor ratio and even if you are brand new to photography, there is NO NEED to feel intimidated on joining us! 

 

The Wildlife

Tanzania Africa, without a doubt, is one of the premier wildlife safari destinations in the world. This tour is set during the prime Migration period of the Maasai Mara river crossing where thousands of Wildebeest and Zebra risk everything to cross the crocodile-infested waters of the Maasai Mara between Kenya and Tanzania!

Lions, Elephant, Giraffe, Zebra, Leopard, Hippo, Cape Buffalo, Rhino and MUCH MORE are ALL possibilities to not only see and photograph, but to watch in action.

As we are based in the heart of the prime of the Serengeti, we have access to locate the best wildlife the world has to offer. You WILL see wildlife and you WILL be blown away at it all. Words are not adequate to be able to describe what you will feel as you watch and photograph in this incredible place. 

Working with our personally selected group of guides we have worked with in the past, we will have the best of the best when it comes to scouts and knowledge on hand to get us to where the action is. We will leave early morning and come back to camp late. This is NOT a run of the mill tour. This is a truly premier experience dedicated to getting you to the wildlife, and in the best positions possible to photograph it. 

 

The Culture

This tour will be extra special. We have the ability to do some really awesome cultural exchanges as well. One of the most amazing experiences we have ever had was the ability to meet with members of various tribes. The Maasai, the Datoga, and Hadzabe tribe will all be a part of this tour.

The “Hadza”, as they are known, are one of the last true hunter-gather tribes in the world and eventually, will be no more. These nomads live in the bush, and without a set home. This will truly be a life-altering experience for those that go with us.

The Hadza never know when we are coming. We have a guide that scouts and finds out where they are located ahead of time from the air. Then, he relays this information to our group and takes us out to join them on the day we have set. It can still take us a couple of hours just to find exactly where they are!  

 

Accommodations and Food

It is hard to believe that you will go to Africa and actually gain weight!  BUT YOU WILL!  Why? We have amazing personal chefs at our camps creating 5-star dining experiences all while we are in the middle of the Serengeti!  If you have any dietary restrictions, it is no problem at all as long as we know in advance. You will find that not only will you love the atmosphere of eating together in our dining tent, food prepared, and you will also find the food exceptional!   Also available is the “bar tent”.  After a full day out wildlife viewing, you will come to love the tent with a bar set up and beautiful sofas, and chairs to sit and gaze out at the Serengeti from.  

After dinner, sit by a fire and watch the sun sink below the horizon, as we all talk of the days adventures! 

Our “Nyumba” camps are private camps set up with beautiful large tents. Now when we say tent, we do not mean a “tent” as in American terms. Rather a beautiful canvas accommodation, with full beds and Tempurpedic mattresses in them, as well as a sink and toilet! It takes the word “glamping” to a new level! 

 

Details

  • Dates: August 3rd – 12th, 2022
  • Price: $9,995
    • Based on shared accommodations. A single supplement is available for $1300.
    • Price DOES NOT include $380 Tanzania Tourism Tax
    • $1500 deposit and a payment plan on balance offered interest-free over several months.

Included During Tour Dates:

  • Personalized Instruction with MPA team**
  • A 5-1 Client/Instructor ratio!
  • Accommodations Based on Double Occupancy
  • Meals as Noted in Itinerary
    • Inclusive of Restaurant Staff Tips( All meals while on Safari!)
  • Complimentary Bottled Drinking Water Throughout Your Safari
  • All Park Fees
  • Complete Preparation Materials Including Helpful Tips, Packing List, Trip Expectations, Tipping Guidelines
  • TOP Professional Safari Guides and Drivers
  • Safari Briefings Throughout Your Trip
  • Services of Nyumba Camp Staff Including Chef and Waitstaff
  • Tech Tent at Nyumba Camps for Charging Electronics until 9pm Each Night
  • Land Transportation in a Customized, 4-Wheel Drive Safari Vehicle
  • Unlimited Mileage in Safari Vehicles
  • Guaranteed Window Seating in Safari Vehicles
  • Maximum of 4 Travelers per Land Rover- Allowing you prime photography from the vehicles!

**Note – Instructors are scheduled but may change without notice. You will always have a top MPA instruction team!

NOT Included:

  • Transportation to and from Arusha, Tanzania
  • Trip Insurance (Required on this tour)
  • Airline-Imposed Fuel Surcharges
  • Airline-Imposed Seat Assignment and Checked Baggage Fees
  • Fees for Passport, Visa, or Immunizations
  • Meals and Expenses en Route to Tanzania
  • Cost of Hospitalization or Evacuation
  • Beer, Wine, Spirits, and Soda
  • Laundry, Phone, Internet, and Items of a Personal Nature
  • Tips for Guides, Drivers, Camp Staff, and Instructors
  • Extras and Optional Activities

David and Ally McKay and the MPA team will personally be your host on this trip. You will be photographing, learning and enjoying Photography, Travel, Friendship, and Adventure all together on one of the most amazing photographic tours in the world! 

Our heart’s desire is for everyone to have an experience of a lifetime that you are unable to get with anyone else! We work incredibly hard to make sure our guests are well taken care of, have plenty of photographic instruction and enjoy an amazing adventure. This is why our clients return again, and again!

Once your registration is complete, MPA will be in touch to work with you on a payment plan. Due to limited space, this tour is available on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Instructors

  • David McKay
  • TBA

*Note – Instructors are scheduled but may change without notice. You will always have a top MPA instruction team!

Accommodations & Food

It is hard to believe that you will go to Africa and actually gain weight!  BUT YOU WILL!  Why? We have amazing personal chefs at our camps creating 5-star dining experiences all while we are in the middle of the Serengeti!  If you have any dietary restrictions, it is no problem at all as long as we know in advance. You will find that not only will you love the atmosphere of eating together in our dining tent, food prepared, but you will also find the food exceptional!   Also available is the “bar tent”.  After a full day out wildlife viewing, you will come to love the tent with a bar set up and beautiful sofas, and chairs to sit and gaze out at the Serengeti from.  

 After dinner, sit by a fire and watch the sun sink below the horizon, as we all talk of the days adventures! 

Our “Nyumba” camps are private camps set up with beautiful large tents. Now when we say tent, we do not mean a “tent” as in American terms. Rather a beautiful canvas accommodation, with full beds and Tempurpedic mattresses in them, as well as a sink and toilet! It takes the word “glamping” to a new level! 

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Itinerary*

Day 1 – 8/3/22 
Arrival into Arusha
Arrive this evening into Arusha where you will be warmly welcomed. Thomson Safaris will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your comfortable lodge.
Transfer from Kilimanjaro Airport With Your Group
Accommodations: Rivertrees Country Inn

Transfer from Kilimanjaro Airport With Your Group
Thomson will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your comfortable lodge. Complimentary with Delta/KLM arrival tonight.
Accommodations: The Arusha Hotel

Day 2 – Flight from Arusha to the Serengeti 

Fly from the busy town of Arusha to the quiet, open plains of the Serengeti. There are often stunning views during the one-hour flight over the farm-dotted highlands and valleys below. Upon landing in the Serengeti, you will be greeted by your guide and begin your safari adventure. The word “Serengeti” derives from the Maasai “Siringet” and has been artistically translated as “the land that flows on forever”. Serengeti National Park covers thousands of miles of pristine land and offers not only expansive vistas but the largest migration of mammals on earth, including 1.5 million wildebeest.

Meet Your Guide at the Airstrip
You will be welcomed upon arrival at the airstrip. Your guide will accompany you throughout your safari, offering cultural insights, wildlife spotting expertise and in-depth knowledge of wildlife behavior.

Safari Briefing
Your head guide will brief you on your itinerary and review the expectations for your safari, giving you a taste of what’s to come. Please ask the guide questions at this time and as they come up during the safari.

Photo Tech Tent Available Until 9pm
Your group will have exclusive access to a photo tent while staying at Thomson Camps. Chairs, tables, lighting, and a generator are provided in this tent so you can clean and recharge equipment and download photos. Please note that the generator will be turned off promptly at 9 pm each night in order to preserve the pristine ambiance of the wilderness at night.
Accommodations: Serengeti Nyumba
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3,4,5 Serengeti National Park
Most of us know about the “Great Migration” from nature programs that capture some of the most thrilling moments on film. Often misunderstood, the migration is a perpetual, year-round process involving over one million wildebeest and 200,000zebra who roam the plains quietly, in search of food and water. While some antelope and hyena may follow the herds, other animals remain in their territories or have separate migratory patterns. The migration’s most dramatic moments often occur when large numbers of wildebeest and zebra make river crossings, during which they must elude predators in a desperate fight for survival. There is no telling exactly when these highly dramatic movements will occur, but all safari-goers are sure to see plenty of wildebeest and zebra while in Tanzania.

Optional Serengeti Balloon Excursion

Those with advance reservations will have the opportunity to balloon across the plains during
one of your mornings in the Serengeti. A pre-dawn wake-up call leaves you time to drive to the
balloon launch site in order to catch the most dramatic light. Then take to the skies just as the
sun rises. Glide over the plains and acacia treetops, taking in spectacular views of the
Seronera River Valley and the surrounding plains. After your descent, enjoy a magnificent
champagne breakfast right in the midst of the Serengeti wilderness.

Accommodations: Serengeti Nyumba
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 –Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Drive from the Serengeti to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. You will pass one of the greatest
prehistoric sites in Olduvai Gorge, where archeologists have been making thrilling fossil discoveries for nearly a century. After cutting across the desert-like bush country, you will arrive at a range of hills that lead to Ngorongoro. You will pass Maasai herding their cattle alongside the road. The Maasai are allowed to live in boma settlements throughout the conservation area. The famed Ngorongoro Crater has one of the greatest concentrations of wildlife in the world

Visit Olduvai Gorge -Make a short stop at Olduvai Gorge, a deep ravine and site of fossilized remains of animals
and hominids that date as far back as two million years. A brief lecture and small museum tour
are included.

Accommodations: Ngorongoro Nyumba
Meals Included: Breakfast, Boxed Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 – Ngorongoro Conservation Area 

Spend a day in Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a habitat rich in culture and teeming with wildlife.
Sometimes there are more than 30,000 animals in and around the crater, including black rhino,
cheetah, lion, hyena, eland, and numerous antelope. On the floor of the crater, the alkaline Lake
Magadi serves as an important water source, also attracting flamingo flocks during the dry season.
Nearby, the small Lerai Forest, with its yellow fever acacia trees, provides shade and shelter for
wildlife. You will often see baboons, vervet monkeys, and even elephants in its thicket. Thorny bush,
grasslands, hippo pools and a second small lake are also found on the floor. You’ll soon see why
Ngorongoro is considered to be among the world’s great wonders.

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Descend into the Ngorongoro Crater, where you are likely to find an abundance of wildlife.
Over a full day of wildlife viewing, you might even see rhinoceros. The diversity of species
often inspires awe. Full-Day of Wildlife Viewing in Ngorongoro CraterVisit to the Floor of Ngorongoro Crater
Visit the Ngorongoro Crater, where you are likely to find an abundance of wildlife. With luck, you might even see rhinoceros and big cats, such as lion and cheetah. The diversity of species often inspires awe, from baboons and elephants in the Lerai Forest to wildebeest and mountain reedbuck over the crater’s grassy floor.

Picnic Lunch on the Crater Floor
To maximize your wildlife viewing time on the crater floor, enjoy your picnic lunch near a hippo pool.

Enjoy Ngorongoro Biodiversity
Watch the Sunset Overlooking the Ngorongoro Crater
As the sun sinks below the horizon, soak in the colorful sky as you reflect on the day’s adventures.
Accommodations: Ngorongoro Nyumba
Meals Included: Breakfast, Boxed Lunch, Dinner
 
Day 8 – Ngorongoro Conservation Area to the Great Rift Valley

Walking at Gibb’s Farm

Take a leisurely stroll on your own through the gardens at Gibb’s Farm to stretch your legs.
Enjoy the quiet atmosphere, the abundance of beautiful plantings and the views out into the
surrounding highlands.

Lunch at Gibb’s Farm

Savor lunch at Gibb’s Farm, where nearly every ingredient comes fresh from the estate’s
organic farm. With delicacies to suit every palate, this is sure to be a memorable meal.

Visit a Datoga Community

This afternoon, you will make your way to a Datoga village for a rare glimpse into this
pastoralist culture. Meet men and women of the community as they go about their daily lives,
visiting a typical home and a local blacksmith, who makes the brass jewelry favored by Datoga
women, as well as the spear tips prized by men.

Accommodations: Lake Eyasi Safari Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Boxed Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 – Great Rift Valley

Spend the whole day with one of the world’s last hunter-gatherer tribes, the Hadzabe. Guests may
head out on an early morning hunt in search of small mammals and birds or gather honey and roots
with the women.

Visit the Hadzabe People

Early in the morning, you will head into the bush to meet members of the Hadza, one of the
world’s last hunter-gatherer tribes. Join the men as they hunt or collect honey, or go gathering
with the women. The activity will not be pre-arranged, as it is based solely on the tribe’s needs
on the given day.

Day 10 – 8/12/22 – Great Rift Valley to Departure

Depart the vast savannah of the Great Rift Valley and make your way to the bustling city streets of
Arusha. Later, head to the airport to catch your departing flight. As you bid farewell to Tanzania, think
of all the fabulous stories and photos of your adventure, which you will share with friends and family
when you arrive home and for years to come.

Farewell Lunch

Enjoy a special farewell lunch in Arusha as you prepare for your departure. Visit the adjoining

Shanga workshop where physically challenged artisans create remarkable jewelry, learn glass-
blowing, and sell their work. This extraordinary project was created in order to mentor and empower those who are often marginalized in Tanzanian society. You will be surprised and
inspired by the quality and beauty of their creations.

Day Room in Arusha

Enjoy a day room in Arusha, resting up and readying yourself for your departure. Transfer as a group to Kilimanjaro Airport 

*Subject to change based on many possibilities that can come upon a tour of this nature. Flexibility is key when traveling on a tour like this in order for us to get the most incredible opportunities available as they happen! 

 

 

Tour Pack

Please download the Tour Packet from the link below when it becomes available. .  Much of the information contained in this packet is also available under the Tour Prep page here on the web site. However, this packet will also include some gear specifics for this tour.  Please note that specific flight information, arrival and departure times, accommodations, and other logistical information may not be in this packet. Those items will be emailed to you at various times in the planning process of each tour. 

 

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